The United States Should Reform The Clean Water Act Of 1972

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The inception of U.S. Environmental policy most notably began under the Presidency of Richard Nixon; Nixon oversaw the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Policy Act (EPA). The Clean Water Act of 1972, in particular, enacted stringent laws to prevent pollutants from entering navigable waters, outlawing open sewers from dumping crud into a local stream and the law also protects land that filters and purifies water as it flows by. The Landmark law passed in 1972, however, has not impeded the pending water crisis facing the U.S. today. The United States must take immediate measures in order to combat the problem; given that the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security; right next to Terrorism (Sullivan). The United States should reform the Clean Water Act of 1972 to look for any deficiencies in the law.

The situation stretches as far as California in which historic drought conditions have led to water rationing and lower crop yields. Polluters to this day are failing to live up to the terms of their permits. A 1982 General Accounting Office (GAO) report revealed that after examining more than five hundred facilities 82 percent of these dischargers had violated their permits at least once during a two-year period (Salzman). Additionally, 11 percent of these facilities released toxic pollutants that exceeded the average monthly limit by 20 percent or more…

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